The Democratic National Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to elect Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to be Vice Chair of the party for the next four years.
Congresswoman Gabbard was among a slate of new officials approved by the party to serve as new leaders in the party for President Barack Obama's second term.
"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve in this new role," said Gabbard. "I see this as a great opportunity to let Hawaii's voice be heard on a national platform and to play a leadership role in bringing people together in communities all across the country, as we work towards our common goal of serving the people, and building a brighter future for our country."
"Congresswoman Gabbard's story is an inspiration and her dedication to public
service showcases the best of our party's values," said DNC Chairwoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz. "I look forward to serving with her both in the House of
Representatives and as an officer at the DNC."
"I'm proud and pleased about Congresswoman Gabbard's position on the DNC. She
can bring Hawaii's voice and Hawaii's values to the national political stage, and we
look forward to supporting her in this endeavor," said Sen. Brian Schatz.
"I'm pleased to see the DNC vice-chair position will be filled by a member of our
Hawaii delegation," said Sen. Mazie Hirono. "President Obama is Hawaii's
island son, and it's important that Hawaii leaders continue to play a key role in
advancing his agenda on the national stage."
Rep. Gabbard is one of the first female combat veterans ever elected to Congress and is currently a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard.